DILG operation ‘LISTO’ intensifies convergence in disaster preparedness

Present during the Convergence Action Planning are the different action officers of 11 LDRRMCs in the province, with their respective Local Police Officers, Fire Marshalls and MLGOOs.

Present during the Convergence Action Planning are the different action officers of 11 LDRRMCs in the province, with their respective Local Police Officers, Fire Marshalls and MLGOOs.

Province of Davao Oriental – Municipal Mayors from the ten municipalities and the capital city of Mati converged in taking more proactive approaches in dealing with and recovering from disasters through the Provincial Convergence Action Planning and roll out of Operation ‘LISTO’ held at Mati Baywalk Hotel and Restaurant on April 22, 2015.

Operation LISTO is one of the programs in disaster preparedness initiated by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). It intends to strengthen and capacitate Local Government Units while preserving their flexibility in responding to disasters through proper precautionary guidelines and appropriate actions.

DILG Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga, during the activity, presented a manual on disaster preparedness divided in three volume types, namely; the checklist of minimum critical preparation for mayors, checklist of early preparations for mayors, and the checklist for Local Government Operations Officers (LGOOs), Chief of Polices, and Fire Marshalls. Sunga told mayors the significance of capacitating the disaster response system of every municipality. “As mandated by the law, the LGUs are the frontliners in the response to any natural disasters,” she said.

Governor Malanyaon urged municipal mayors to take the lead in institutionalizing their respective Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Managment Council into office, thus creating regular positions for the office’s operationalization and providing funds thereof.

Governor Malanyaon urged municipal mayors to take the lead in institutionalizing their respective Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Managment Council into office, thus creating regular positions for the office’s operationalization and providing funds thereof.

Sunga said that the manuals will assist LGUs in formulating disaster preparedness plans, allowing them to determine the extent of their preparedness and to fill in the gaps to meet the minimum levels of readiness to disasters. “These will aid them in planning responses, particularly typhoon disasters, and to identify the lapses and sort of reinforcement they require from the DILG,” she said.

Tolentino explains that the manual also provides a checklist of preparation from the time a typhoon poses a looming threat in the horizon, to the time it arrives in the locality.

DILG with agencies from NDRRMC formulated a new scheme presented in the first manual called critical preparedness actions consist with ‘Alpha’, ‘Bravo’ and ‘Charlie’. Every critical preparedness action consists of detailed list of actions for LGUs consumption before, during and after the storm. The classification of the three actions depends on the level of risks and the distance of the concerned area from the breadth of storm in which ‘Charlie’ corresponds to High Risk and ‘Alpha’ at Low Risk.

DILG Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga

DILG Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga

During the event, the DILG Provincial Office handed also the critical preparedness action schemes printed in tarpaulins to the 11 local action officers.

Meanwhile, Governor Malanyaon urged municipal mayors to take the lead in institutionalizing their respective Local Disaster Risk Reduction Council into office, thus creating regular positions for the office’s operationalization and providing funds thereof.

She also shared the province’s experience during typhoon Pablo that boosted her will to allocate funds for the institutionalization of operation center for Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. She sought to strengthen this facility by improving the equipment for rescue operations, installing right personnel and enhancing the incident command post directives before her term as the governor ends.

True to her advocacy over convergence, Governor Malanyaon recalled the union of rescue operation teams during typhoon Pablo with the Philippine Army, Red Cross, National and International Agencies, and non-government organizations. According to her, the exceptional peoples’ unity in responding, dealing with and rehabilitating from Typhoon Pablo through great resiliency and synergized efforts of Davao Oriental community, and as to the whole humanity, is a great leap towards advocacy of leaving no one behind. By Van Jorain O. Rufin

 

 

 

 

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